Have you ever thought about planting tomatoes hanging upside down? Well, do not be surprised, because this is becoming one of the most popular ways of growing tomatoes. The best part about this method is you do not have to worry about weeding and dealing with pests and diseases that are so common when you grow them in the ground. Do you want to know how to plant upside down tomatoes? Well, here is how you can easily do it.
If you are already a tomato grower, you already know most varieties of tomatoes require a large container. Get an empty 5 gallon bucket with a lid. You can save some bucks if you can find it lying around the house or just head over to the nearest hardware store and get one. Once you find your container, you need to clean the bucket thoroughly to remove any debris or harmful chemicals that may exist inside.
Now you need to drill a hole in the middle of the bucket’s bottom. Make sure that it is about 2-3 inches big. You will also need to drill smaller holes in the lid so you can water it easily when the plant is placed inside.
The next thing you will need is material you can use to anchor the tomato plant. Newspaper is ideal for this purpose. Just place several layers at the bottom of the bucket.
Now it is time to add the soil. Fill the bucket to about an inch from the top. Nutrients are essential for the growth of a seedling into a healthy plant, so add some to the soil and secure the lid tightly on the bucket.
Now you have the soil inside the bucket and it is shut with the lid. Simply turn the bucket over and plant the tomato seedling. To do this, just cut a few slits into the newspaper you placed at the bottom. You can access it through the 3 inch hole that you drilled at the bottom of the bucket. Once the slits are done, gently place the seedling into the hole. Make sure about 3 inches of it is coming out of the hole. If you require something extra to anchor the seedling, just use some extra soil.
Now your hanging tomato plant is ready and all you need to do is to hang it at appropriate place. Make sure the structure you use to hang your 5 gallon bucket is strong enough to handle the weight. And remember, tomato plants need space to grow, so they should not be hung too close to the ground. Allow at least 5 feet space between the bucket and the ground to have room for the plant to grow.
While choosing the location, make sure your plants get sufficient sunlight. Plants need adequate lighting to grow and produce fruits. So, having a hanging tomato planter makes it ideal for you to move it with the sun.
Now the only things to care are watering and fertilizing the plants regularly and wait for the blossoms to appear and turn into fruits. Are you ready to eat fresh and ripe tomatoes from your upside hanging tomato plants?
Jimmy Casperson is a tomato growing enthusiast. Visit Growing Tomatoes Secrets for more expert advice on growing tomatoes upside down, and other tips you can use right now to grow more tomatoes in a limited space.